Snake Ropes: A Novel
Set on an isolated island off the Scottish coast, in a community run by women who are in awe of a mysterious structure called the Thrashing House, the novel is narrated by two teenage girls in very different circumstances. Mary is doing her best to protect her younger brother, Barney, as the island’s sons are mysteriously disappearing. Morgan is scheming to escape the prison her parents have made of their home. The two girls unite, each on a desperate mission in which secrets will be revealed and lives changed forever.
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Our boats aren't strong enough, we dun know the way, them can't understand us, we're fine as we are. We have so many reasons; them stretch as wide as the distance to cross to take us there. I stand at the window watching.
Something boys can do what girls can't. But what that could be I have no idea; everyone knows boys are only of use if them take to farming or fishing. One has a pair of glasses balanced on the end of hims nose and I wonder if him wears ...
'Well, I dun know how them can change fashion faster than I can make them. Why them can't just stick with thems likes from last month for a few weeks more.' A thud from Barney, in the cupboard. I stamp on the floor. Them dun notice.
'But it's strange-looking things I'm sure can't be eaten.' 'Happy enough with them on the mainland,' says the one with the glasses. 'Joyful, no doubt, to send them to us,' I mutter. Them carry on hauling the barrel, and I knock on.
If your parents can't afford to feed you, we can't be answerable for their actions, or their blame. We're here for trade as we always have been.' 'We have to go,' says one, shadows in hims eyes. The tall men load up thems boats, ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bongobash - LibraryThing
It took me longer than it would take me to read another book because of the slow start. I thought it could of been a very good story except questions weren't answered. I wanted to know more about the ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - passion4reading - LibraryThing
Mary shares a cottage with her fisherman father and little brother Barney on a small island just off the edge of the map after the death of her mother. Traders from the mainland visit the island ... Read full review